GLIMPSES OF THE THOUSAND-YEAR REIGN BY SAMUEL EXCELLENCE

9th May, 2019

IPR DAILY DEVOTION

Topic: GLIMPSES OF THE THOUSAND-YEAR REIGN

THEME SCRIPTURE:
Isaiah 65:17-25 (NIV)
[17] “See, I will create new heavens and a new earth.
The former things will not be remembered, nor will they come to mind.
[18] But be glad and rejoice forever in what I will create,
for I will create Jerusalem to be a delight and its people a joy.
[19] I will rejoice over Jerusalem and take delight in my people;
the sound of weeping and of crying will be heard in it no more.
[20] “Never again will there be in it an infant who lives but a few days, or an old man who does not live out his years;
the one who dies at a hundred will be thought a mere child;
the one who fails to reach a hundred will be considered accursed.
[21] They will build houses and dwell in them; they will plant vineyards and eat their fruit.
[22] No longer will they build houses and others live in them, or plant and others eat.
For as the days of a tree, so will be the days of my people; my chosen ones will long enjoy the work of their hands.
[23] They will not labor in vain, nor will they bear children doomed to misfortune; for they will be a people blessed by the Lord, they and their descendants with them.
[24] Before they call I will answer; while they are still speaking I will hear.
[25] The wolf and the lamb will feed together, and the lion will eat straw like the ox, and dust will be the serpent’s food.
They will neither harm nor destroy on all my holy mountain,”
says the Lord.

MESSAGE:
Our theme Scripture gives us glimpses of the thousand-year reign of Christ. The verse 17 introduces the creation of new heavens and a new earth, but the only thing that was said in this verse about the new heavens and a new earth was, “The former things will not be remembered, nor will they come to mind” (Isaiah 65:17b, NIV). A lot more will be said about this new heavens and a new earth at the end of our study on end-time issues. However, it is worthy of note, that the verse 18 shifts attention from the new heavens and a new earth, to the period during the thousand-year reign of Christ.

It begins with the word, “But.” What God sought to communicate was something like this: “I create a new heavens and a new earth, but before I do that, I’ll first achieve some wonderful things on this present earth during the reign of Christ.” Remember, Christ will sit on the throne of David, and reign over all people from Jerusalem. At the time Christ will return on earth, Jerusalem will be in ruins because of the havoc the armies that will beside Israel will cause. Isaiah 64:10-11 (KJV) says, “[10] Thy holy cities are a wilderness, Zion is a wilderness, Jerusalem a desolation. [11] Our holy and our beautiful house, where our fathers praised thee, is burned up with fire: and all our pleasant things are laid waste.” This is why after introducing the new heavens and a new earth, God consoled His people by saying, “[18] But be glad and rejoice forever in what I will create,
for I will create Jerusalem to be a delight and its people a joy.
[19] I will rejoice over Jerusalem and take delight in my people;
the sound of weeping and of crying will be heard in it no more” (Isaiah 65:18-19, NIV). When Jesus takes over the earth and makes Jerusalem His headquarters, Jerusalem will be a delight, and its people a joy!

A further glimpse of the thousand-year reign of Christ, different from the present day experience is the verse 20 of our theme Scripture: “Never again will there be in it an infant who lives but a few days, or an old man who does not live out his years; the one who dies at a hundred will be thought a mere child; the one who fails to reach a hundred will be considered accursed” (Isaiah 65:20, NIV).

In our present day, an infant is a 1year old baby or even younger, but someone who will die at 100years during the 1000-year reign of Christ will be considered a mere child. And if someone dies before the age of 100years, he/she will be considered accursed.

Catch some more glimpses of the thousand-year reign of Christ by meditating on all the verses of our theme Scripture. One striking feature worth mentioning, however, is the verse 25: ‘[25] The wolf and the lamb will feed together, and the lion will eat straw like the ox, and dust will be the serpent’s food. They will neither harm nor destroy on all my holy mountain,” says the Lord’ (Isaiah 65:25, NIV). There will be no more carnage or carnivorous activities of carnivores; all animals will be herbivores during the thousand-year reign of Christ; even the lion will eat straw like the ox. What a beautiful scene this period will be!

Bear in mind, that, Satan will be cast into the bottomless pit, before the thousand-year reign of Christ begins. It’s possible all these wonderful glimpses will be as a result of the absence of Satan. Our next devotion will reveal what Satan will achieve when he is released from the bottomless pit for a short period, at the end of the thousand-year period.

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